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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

Courtesy of Tommy Trampp


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Peter - Yoke

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 21 November 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 3 February 1943
  • Completed 19 February 1943, placed in service assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWELVE (MTBRon 12) under the command of Lt. Comdr. John Harllee
  • MTBRon 12, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Morobe, Dreger Harbor, Hollandia, and Mios Woendi, and in the Philippines at San Pedro Bay and Ormoc. It also
    based for a time at Kana Kopa, New Guinea, but had no action from this base. MTBRon 12 was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for action in the New Guinea area from October 1943 to
    March 1944
  • "Jack O' Diamonds" was placed out of service 26 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 December 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-190 & 191 622k Shot of the 191 boat, left and the 190 boat, right, at the Morobe River Base this is about October of 1943 just before going up to Dreger Harbor at Finschhafen these two boats were in an epic gun battle with Japanese aircraft on the morning of December 27th 1943 after a night of barge hunting on the South Coast of New Britain the running battle lasted for 45 minutes until Army Air Force aircraft showed up and drove off the remaining Japanese aircraft. During the air battle one P-47 was shot down and the 190 boat Captained by Ed Farley picked up the pilot and returned him to Finschhafen for medical care, the 191 boat limped back to base damaged with four wounded men including Captain Rumsey Ewing , the 191 boat was the most successful PT in the South and Southwest Pacific having destroyed 18 Japanese barges Bob Rocker
    PT-190 79k Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-190 182k 190's scoreboard

    Boat Captain
    01LT Edward L. Farley, USNR - Awarded the Silver Star and the Legion of MeritDecember 1943
    02LTJG William N. Bannard, USNR - Awarded the Silver Star (1943)June 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-190
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